Friday, January 1, 2016

Poe 1960, Pt. 5

(Continued from Poe 1960, Pt. 4)

CLASSICOS DE TERROR  1
"BARRIL DE AMONTILLADO"

     (IN COLOR  w/ English Translation)

Editora Continental / Outubro / Taika were 3 names used by the same small publisher in Brazil.  The work of artists Jayme Cortez & Miguel Penteado, they decided to form the company in 1959 after working several years for Editora De Selva, and getting tired of taking the bus to work while their bosses kept buying new cars.  Both Continental and Outubro turned out to be registered by other companies, causing years of legal hassles, before someone finally decided to rename it after their niece.  (You can't make up stuff like this.)  Sadly, around that time, Cortez & Penteado had a major falling-out, which saw Cortez going into advertising, while Penteado also left to form a new company of his own, Graphic Editora Penteado (GEP).  But while they were together, they produced some wonderful comics, many of them in the horror genre, each doing many gorgeous, stunning cover paintings!

After the 2 founders left, Taika continued for several years, though the quality of their printing dropped, the number of reprints increased, and a general sense of chaos prevailed.

I admit-- I've really become fascinated with this publisher, perhaps in part due to the aura of mystery surrounding them.  Which is to say, it's been extremely challenging compiling information about them, not to mention getting my hands on scans of their stories.

I have discovered, between my own researches and the IMMENSE help of artist and fellow fan Toni Rodrigues, that Continental / Outubro / Taika during their run produced at least 25 POE adaptations-- MORE than Skywald or Warren !!  It's my intention to compile, clean up, TRANSLATE and COLOR every one of these for my POE blog project!!

First up, one my most recent acquisitions...

     "A CASK OF AMONTILLADO".

This was the 4th comics version of this ever-popular story, following EC's CRIME SUSPENSTORIES #3 (Feb'Mar'51), Gilberton's CLASSICS ILLUSTRATED #84 (Jun'51), and Ziff-Davis' FANTASTIC Vol.1 #3 (Nov'Dec'52), the last one 7 years earlier.  There would be MANY others.

The story is the work of Gedeone Malagola.  He is mainly known as one of the most important comics writers of Brazil (alongside R.F. Lucchetti), who was responsible for creating many popular characters, while also occasionally doing art, tending to imitate the styles of several Amercian cartoonists when he did, including Joe Kubert, Carmine Infantino & John Prentice.  He also worked as a policeman and did comics on the side (not unlike Peter Morisi here in the States). This is his 1st of 3 POE adaptations.

CLASSICOS DE TERROR  1
cover by JAYME CORTEZ MARTINS   (Editora Continental  /  Brazil  /  1960)
"BARRIL DE AMONTILLADO"
     ("A CASK OF AMONTILLADO")  /  Version 4
Adaptation & Art by GEDEONE MALAGOLA  /  Page 31
Page 32
Page 33
Page 34
Copyright (C) Gedeone Malagola  &  Editora Continental.
English Translation & new color Copyright (C) 2015 Henry R. Kujawa.

Scans of CLASSICOS DE TERROR #1 supplied by Toni Rodrigues
     with special thanks!

Restorations by Henry R. Kujawa

For more:
Read about Edgar Allen Poe at Wikipedia.

Read about Editora Continental / Outubro / Taika at Guia Dos Quadrinhos.
Read about Gedeone Malagola at Wikipedia.
Read about Gedeone Malagola at the Lambiek Comiclopedia site.
Read about Gedeone Malagola at the Guia Dos Quadrinhos site. 
Read about Jayme Cortez Martins at Wikipedia.
Read about Jayme Cortez Martins at Bigorna.net.

Visit the Jayme Cortez blog!

See more covers from Editora Outubro at the Nostalgia Do Terror site.
See more covers from Editora Taika at the Nostalgia Do Terror site.


Read about THE WEIRD CIRCLE radio show at Wikipedia.
Read about the SUSPENSE tv series at Wikipedia.
Read about Bela Lugosi at Wikipedia.
Read about Romney Brent at Wikipedia.
Read about Ray Walston at Wikipedia.
Read about Basil Rathbone at Wikipedia.
Read about THE CBS RADIO MYSTERY THEATER at Wikipedia.
Read about Richard Kiley at Wikipedia.
Read about Frances Sternhagen at Wikipedia.

Read about THE CASK OF AMONTILLADO at Wikipedia.
Read the complete story at the xroads.virginia.edu site.

Hear the WEIRD CIRCLE radio episode!
Watch the SUSPENSE TV adaptation!
Hear the Basil Rathbone recording!
Hear the CBS RADIO MYSTERY THEATER episode!

Read the Graham Ingels AMONTILLADO adaptation!
Read the Rudy Palais AMONTILLADO adaptation!
See the Virgil Finlay AMONTILLADO illustrated story art!
      Read the Iger Shop AMONTILLADO sequel!
Read the Gedeone Malagola AMONTILLADO adaptation!
Read the Fran Matera AMONTILLADO adaptation!

Read the Reed Crandall AMONTILLADO adaptation!
Read the Osvaldo Talo AMONTILLADO adaptation!   (coming soon!)
Read the Edmundo Rodrigues AMONTILLADO adaptation!   (coming soon!)
     Read the Frank Brunner AMONTILLADO sequel!
     Read the Cirilo Munoz AMONTILLADO sequel!   (coming soon!)
Read the Jerry Grandenetti AMONTILLADO adaptation!
Read the Martin Salvador AMONTILLADO adaptation!

Read the Guido Del Carpio Rivera AMONTILLADO illustrated story!
Read the Don McGregor / Mike Golden AMONTILLADO adaptation!
Read the Noly Zamora AMONTILLADO adaptation!
Read the Pablo Marcos AMONTILLADO illustrated story!   (coming soon!)
Read the Walter James Brogan AMONTILLADO adaptation!   (coming soon!)

Read the Gedeone Malagola PIT AND THE PENDULUM adaptation!
Read the Gedeone Malagola PREMATURE BURIAL adaptation!

See my Edgar Allan Poe overview at this very blog!

(Continued in Poe 1960, Pt. 6)

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